The grading system has changed to Pass/Fail. We would like to make evaluations of students purely qualitative and remove numerical grades as we believe this would be more meaningful to our students. This also would be a better reflection of the values and skills that we impart to our students.
We hope this will simplify the grading process and help achieve greater consistency in grading between groups.
For students to get a pass grade:
Attendance:  Attendance is mandatory. Students must attend all sessions. If a student is absent (due to illness, family emergencies etc), this must be reported to the Dean of Student Affairs, Richard Pearson, and the absence must be officially excused by the Dean. S/he must also make arrangements to make up the session missed
Preparation & Engagement
Students must complete all small group assignments (patient write ups, in-group presentations)
Students are expected to be well prepared for all sessions and engage consistently and constructively in group discussions
Mentors will be expected to give comprehensive and constructive narrative evaluations of students’ performance at the end of each semester with specific comments on each of the following objective elements:
Humanism, compassion, empathy

  • Ability to accept and understand others, and to express genuine compassion and empathy
  • Ability to establish rapport with a patient

Patient Interview Skills

  • Ability to take a patient –centered history from a patient

Physical Examination Skills

  • Ability to perform a physical examination (first year medical students are expected to be able to perform fundamental aspects of the physical examination, with some level of comfort)
  • Ability to appropriately document and present a patient history

Collegiality and (interdisciplinary) collaboration

  • Group participation and contribution

Continuing and lifelong self-education

  • Ability to organize, record and present patient information to colleagues
  • Ability to identify clinical questions arising from patient encounters or case discussions, and use of resources to seek answers to these questions
  • Ability to approach a clinical problem and develop a differential diagnosis
  • Thoroughness of preparation for presentation of learning objectives and other presentations within the group

Ethical personal and professional conduct

  • Understanding of medical ethics that underlie the physician-patient relationship
  • Understanding of the relationship of the medical profession to society
  • Understanding of patient confidentiality?
  • Qualities of professionalism (appropriate dress, language, attention to being on time, etc).


For students to get a fail grade:
Attendance: Students who miss two or more sessions with un-excused absences
Preparation & Engagement
Students who do not complete their in group assignments
Students not engaged with small group and who do not participate in discussions
Students who resist attempts to improve performance.
Assignment of this grade will also be accompanied by a comprehensive narrative evaluation of the students’ performance with specific comments on the elements above